There was a parcel waiting for me today. I hurried back home to see what it was. The fact that it had "element14" written on it made me even more excited! And here is what I got:
I've just moved into a new house, so some geek decorations are more than welcome! The dancing element14 man is going to be a perfect fit (but I will have to be careful of my daughter, she already wants it!). As for the Raspberry Pi 3, I have a lot of ideas. My RPi 1 isn't fast enough to run Redmine for my books, courses and other teaching supports, so maybe this will help!
There is something missing from this picture, a gift wrapped object. What is inside? Well, the printed piece of paper says it all: Spread the bug with element14! It's a gift, for me to give to someone else, to teach them about programming. Now that is really kind, thank you, from me. Now, here comes the hard part... I had a look at this object on Internet, and the IDE is simple to use; just connect to the web page, and you can start making visual programs within seconds, no need to learn C, assembly or anything like that. There is one problem... The website is only available in English, and I live in France. Kids in France aren't very good in English, and this could be a problem... So, dilemma, what do I do? Well, element14, tell me if I'm wrong, but I've come up with an idea. I'm going to try and make a few courses with this, and I've contacted the maker to see if I can help them translate something to French. I'd love to be able to go to a French school and show this to kids, I think they would love it. I've already been to schools with Arduinos (and donated the Arduinos I got whilst writing my Arduino book). So, at the risk of element14 shouting at me, here is the content of that gift wrap (don't worry, I'll still find a way to give it to someone!).
Hidden inside is probably one of the cutest objects I've seen in quite some time. I mean, if kids don't fall in love with this, then I don't know what could possibly work!
Time to make a few blogs or videos, and see just how good this is! I'm excited!
My sincerest thanks to element14 for this parcel! I shall see that it is put to good use.